1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

Bird’s Foot Violet

Viola pedata

Bird’s foot violet has purple flowers with orange centers. The leaves are shaped like bird’s feet. Prefers drier soil conditions; preferably sandy soils, and grows best in full sun to partial shade. The soil must be well-drained, otherwise the plant could rot. It’s a short-lived perennial, but it will self-seed readily.  Spring is the typical bloom time, but because of the early bloom time, it’s not uncommon for them to bloom again in Fall.

One of several larval host plant Viola species for the rare regal fritillary butterfly.